CMPD Lieutenant Arrested and Charged for Financial Crimes

Published on April 17, 2024

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Charlotte, N.C. - (April 17, 2024) – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is conducting a criminal investigation that resulted in the arrest of CMPD Lieutenant Warith Muhammad.

Lt. Muhammad has been charged with one count of felony Financial Transaction Card Fraud and one count of felony Conspiracy to Commit Financial Transaction Card Fraud. 

Investigators determined that the incidents occurred outside of work and did not involve the functions of his job. Muhammad turned himself in at 11:30 p.m. on April 16 and was processed overnight.

CMPD Internal Affairs is conducting a parallel investigation. Lt. Muhammad is currently on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

Lieutenant Muhammad was hired on Oct. 18, 2010, and is currently assigned to the Central Division.

Statement from Chief Jennings:

"The arrest of our own lieutenant is a devastating blow to the trust we've worked tirelessly to build with this community. We hold ourselves to an uncompromising standard of integrity, and any violation is a betrayal of that sacred oath. But let me be absolutely clear: the CMPD has zero tolerance for misconduct, regardless of rank or tenure. The decisive action taken by investigators sends a powerful message – no badge is a shield for illegal behavior. The law applies equally to every citizen, and that includes those who wear our uniform. This incident is a painful reminder that we are all fallible, but it also demonstrates our unwavering commitment to accountability. We will investigate this matter thoroughly and ensure that justice is served. The people we are sworn to protect deserve nothing less.” 



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